Paul J. Saunders

Executive Director, Center for the National Interest 

He is the Center’s Chief Operating Officer and directs its U.S.-Russian Relations Program in addition to leading projects on other issues, including energy and climate change and U.S.-Japan relations. He is also Associate Publisher of the foreign policy magazine “The National Interest”, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Reform Project.

Paul Saunders served in the Bush Administration as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (2003–2005). In that capacity, he worked on a broad range of transnational issues, in particular with respect to Russia, Ukraine, and the former Soviet Union, as well as Iraq, China and India.

He has written extensively for major newspapers and journals, and is a frequent commentator in national media, including CNN, Fox, and MSNBC. Paul Saunders is the editor of Costs of a New Cold War: The U.S.-Russia Confrontation over Ukraine and Enduring Rivalry: American and Russian Perspectives on the Former Soviet Space and the author of works including Extended Deterrence in a Changing Asia; Russian Energy and European Security; and Russia and the Greater Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities (co-authored).